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International Criminal Law and Procedure LLM


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This LLM course covers the concepts and enforcement of international criminal law, It focuses on international crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of international criminal courts and tribunals (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression). The core principles, law, and institutions of international criminal law are contextualised against international law and human rights, and international humanitarian law.

7 reasons to study Law here

Expert academics: taught by expert academics and practitioners. A number of Visiting Professors and Lecturers will teach on the course. All are leading practitioners with a national reputation in the fields of international criminal law and human rights.
Professional links:: Through our growing pool of visiting fellows and professors, the Law Department has developed a strong network of contacts with leading law practitioners in the UK.  
Dynamic research : benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff.
Free tablet: Advanced technology and e-learning, a free iPad or tablet will support your studies.
Comprehensive reading resources: via our virtual learning environment, a personal e-law library worth £6,000.
Employability: graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the fields of international criminal law and international criminal procedure (either in the UK or abroad) as advisors, experts, researchers and policy makers.
Great teaching: The LSBU Law Department has a strong set of experts, consultants and international advisors in the field of international criminal law and hosts a number of annual events and conferences.

You'll study the following subset categories of International Law: International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law by exploring the contours of the duty to prosecute those who commit international crimes. And, focus on the application of domestic and international law to the question of jurisdiction over international criminal activities, including universal jurisdiction of national courts.

The course explores the procedural aspects of international cooperation in criminal matters, with particular attention to extradition and problems associated with obtaining evidence from abroad.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
12 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus
24 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus


  • International criminal law
    You'll examine the substantive crimes that have evolved in the field of international law with an emphasis on the interpretation and application of international standards in the context of criminal prosecutions. The module will focus both on substantive crimes and on enforcement mechanisms. Specific topics will include sources of international criminal law; individual substantive crimes such as drug smuggling, computer crime, and money laundering; international offenses such as piracy, torture, terrorism and genocide; extradition, evidence gathering and defences under international law; and the international criminal tribunals. 
  • International criminal procedure and practice The module seeks to provide post-graduate students with a general introduction to procedural frameworks in place at the international criminal tribunals (particularly the ICTY and the ICTR) and the ICC. The moduler introduces post-graduate students to the laws of procedure and evidence before international criminal courts and tribunals. It explores the rights of the accused and the procedural law of the International Criminal Court at the pre-trial, trial, appeal and sentencing stages.
    The aim of the module is to provide students with advanced knowledge of, and skills in the rapidly developing area of international law and practice. This specialization provides foundational knowledge in procedural international criminal law and international criminal practice. It introduces students to modes of liability, general principles of international criminal law and impediments to enforcement. Special attention is devoted to the law of international criminal courts and tribunals (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, International Criminal Court) and the link to legal practice. The module aims to develop the learners’ knowledge and understanding of relevant theories and practices within international criminal procedure.
  • International law and human rights
    You'll study core subjects such as the nature and development of international law, sources of international law, the subjects of international law, international institutions and the international protection of human rights.  The aim of this module is to develop your intellectual, practical and transferable skills in the context of International Public Law and the protection of human rights. 
  • Research methods
    This module is essential to understanding the development, implementation, and analysis of graduate level research in legal studies. It is designed to assure that you have a comprehensive knowledge of research design development, and the ability to review and understand journal articles in various subjects of common law.  The ultimate purpose of the Module is to encourage you to become engaged in independent legal research in order to be able to submit successfully the dissertation of 15,000 words. You'll build on the research skills already acquired in undergraduate studies by covering topics such as literature review, research presentation and research evaluation, with an emphasis on practical exercises.
  • Dissertation
    The Dissertation module requires completion of a 15000 words Master's level dissertation in an area consistent with, and appropriate to (and, if relevant, the specialist pathway within) the degree being sought. You'll be required to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations. In doing so, the dissertation is required to address an issue or matter of some importance within the areas and/or disciplines encompassed across the Master's degree being sought. 

Plus two options from:

  • International humanitarian law
    In this module you'll focus on the legal principles that comprise International Humanitarian Law.  The module considers the history and development of this area of law. The module will consider sources of International Humanitarian Law.  Specific topics include, protection of women in armed conflict, the protection of children in armed conflict, enforcement of International Humanitarian Law, conduct of hostilities, combatants, non combatants and unlawful combatants. 
  • International human rights and development
    You'll study International Human Rights and Development in the context of specific countries and themes.  You'll be introduced through lectures to key topics such as the UN procedures and Human Rights Activism. You'll then research these topics in the context of a specific country (such as Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan) and theme (such as Fair Trial, Free Speech and Torture). Seminar discussion will be based on research on your selected country and theme. There will be an emphasis on developing effective strategies for combating human rights abuses. Assessment is by a single piece of coursework. 
  • Terrorism
    The aim of this module is to explore the role of law in enabling and controlling counter-terrorist action by individual states and the international Community. Therefore, we will adopt a comparative (national) and international (UN) perspective to explore the key issues involved.
    More specifically the module deals with the tools that have been authorized to be used by governmental action against terrorism. We trace the development of the law related to terrorism and we examine the various legislative acts, which now govern the investigation of terrorism, efforts to control the financing of terrorism, detention and deportation of persons who are viewed as threat. The purpose of the module is to enable learners interested in the topic of terrorism to familiarize themselves with the role of law in enabling and controlling counter-terrorist action by individual states and the international Community as a whole. 
  • Case management
    In this module you'll enhance your knowledge of the structure and process of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales via an in-depth analysis of complex case management.  You'll explore relevant statutory provisions regulating the management of cases, and explores some of the socio-political issues that arise from the function of the law in practice. You'll be provided with a critical overview of the system of justice and the key procedural decisions that are made within the system.  You'll consider the process of justice via practical, classroom based, engagement with the litigation process, using a dedicated case study and group-based work to enhance their practical and theoretical understanding of the criminal process. 
  • Advocacy
    You'll examine the interaction between decision makers in the criminal litigation process and advocates who appear before them.  you'll explore the principles of advocacy throughout the litigation process, including trial preparation, constructing and presenting speeches and arguments, working with lay and professional witnesses, using IT and graphics in the courtroom, effective communication and the psychology of persuasion. 
  • Migration and development
    The module introduces the key concepts in Forced Migration and Development and different categories of forced migrants--asylum-seekers, refugees, IDPs, oustees and disaster victims. It examines the multiple and complex nature of Forced Migration, evaluates the responses of the international, inter-governmental, non-governmental and governmental responses to the short-medium and long-term needs of forced migrants and the poor sections of the host population. It critically analyses and evaluates the positive and negative impacts of forced migrants on host commmoduleies. How forced migrants (re)-construct their commmoduleies and livelihoods in countries of asylum and places of destination, as well in countries and places of origin in the context of post-conflict reconstruction are also examined in detail. 

Study modes


  • 12 months; taught October-June; dissertation July-October
  • Six modules plus a dissertation to be completed July-October


  • 24 months: taught stage October-June year one and year two; dissertation July-October or July to January in year 2)
  • Three modules a year for two years; plus a dissertation completed July-January, or, July-October.


New international criminal law

This programme is particularly relevant if you're looking for careers in the new international criminal law institutions such as the International Criminal Court or in agencies with rapidly increasing criminal justice competencies such as the UN or the EU.

You'll acquire in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. You'll have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice international criminal law before international tribunals or national courts.

This LLM will appeal to you if you're interested in the increasing trend in international human rights law to criminalize and prosecute mass human rights atrocities, both in domestic courts and international tribunals, like the International Criminal Court.

Non-governmental organisations

Other graduates may embark on careers in non-governmental organisations, such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, or in the area of international legal practice. The LLM is also highly relevant for law graduates and criminal law practitioners both from the UK and abroad. Moreover it is particularly relevant for graduates from Commonwealth Common Law jurisdictions, wishing to study international criminal law and practice while developing their legal and professional knowledge and skills in the field of international litigation.

The LLM aims to produce reflective practitioners, capable of using their professional experience in combination with theoretical insights to contribute to public debate on international criminal justice policy and practice.

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Alan Birbeck

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Course Director of LLB

Alan is the Course Director of LLB Law and Undergraduate Law courses, a Senior Lecturer in Law and a practising barrister. Alan has Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Authority.

Lionel Blackman

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Sessional Lecturer

Lionel Blackman is a solicitor-advocate, the first to win a case in the House of Lords.  He is Director of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group. He lectures frequently at LSBU and overseas.

Prof. Gaim Kibreab

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director - MSc Refugee Studies

Professor Gaim Kibreab's interests include forced migration, development and governance in post-conflict societies.

Dr Emmanouela Mylonaki

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Associate Professor, Course Director Post Graduate Programmes

Dr Mylonaki specialises in International Criminalisation of Terrorism and criminological approaches to International Criminal Law. She holds a PhD (University of Bristol), an MPhil in Criminology (University of Cambridge) and an LLM in International Law.

Caron Thatcher

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Caron has lectured and tutored at LSBU for over 20 years and has used her experience of legal practice to enhance the practical legal content of the subjects that she teaches.

Andy Unger

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Head of Academic Division Law

Andy Unger is Head of the Law Division and a Solicitor. He specialises in Legal Education, International Human Rights and Medical Law & Ethics.


Teaching and learning


Content, knowledge and understanding is assessed through coursework, or coursework, presentations and on-line assessments. 

Assessment methods reflect the development of legal skills within particular modules, for example the advocacy presentation within the Advocacy Module and the Case study within the Case Management Module. Oral assessments assess your ability to effectively and critically research, evaluate, write and present a coherent legal analysis of a particular issue drawing upon relevant law reform proposals, assessing conflicting interpretations of the International Criminal Law and proposing new hypotheses relevant to the topic being assessed.


Coursework can take many forms (based on the practical or theoretical content of the module) including essays and reports. Typically coursework pieces will be 6,000 words in length. Students will explore a topic covered in depth, providing a critical, practical, insight into the topic analysed.

Entry requirements

  • An LLB (Hons) Law degree at 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division.
  • UK graduates with a non Law degree (2:2) and relevant knowledge and experience.
  • Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the School's policy.
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

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The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £7875International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 3905Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for 2018/19 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2019/20 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £3333.33International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3906Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7500
International £13125

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Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Bantekas I. (2007): International Criminal law, Hart Publishing
  • Cassesse, A. (2008): International Criminal law, Oxford University Press

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